Highlights from Atacama Desert – Chile, Argentina and Bolivia

Thunderstorm followed by rainbows at salt flats in Salinas Grande, Argentina
Thunderstorm followed by rainbows at salt flats in Salinas Grande, Argentina

John Paul Caponigro and I are back from our Digital Photo Destinations workshop in the Puna & Atacama deserts spanning three countries – Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Some of the major highlights from this spectacular landscape were the pumice stone fields of Campo De Pedro Pomez, The Red Labyrinth. Salinas Grandes, and Salar De Uyuni. Stretching more than 600 miles from Northern Chile, the Atacama Desert rises from a thin coastal shelf to the pampas—virtually lifeless plains that dip down to river gorges layered with mineral sediments from the Andes. The pampas rises up to the altiplano or the foothills of the Andes, with rising volcanoes along the continental divide, reaching  more than 20,000 feet. According to NASA, the Atacama is the driest desert in the world. Part’s of the Chilean Atacama have not seen rain since record keeping began. Without water the environment is sterile so nothing breaks down and everything is permanently preserved.

We’re planning our 2013 workshop. The tentative dates are December 6 -14, 2013.  If you’d like to join us email me at seth@digitalphotodestinations.com. This workshop will sell out fast.
In addition to the images posted below, more images from our trip are posted at:
 https://www.sethresnick.com/recent/Atacama/
Happy New Year
Seth
Dunes at sunrise in San Pedro Atacama
Dunes at sunrise in San Pedro Atacama
One of the most amazing sunsets I have ever witnessed in San Pedro, Atacama
One of the most amazing sunsets I have ever witnessed in San Pedro, Atacama

 

Bubbling mud from geothermal area in Sur Lipez, Bolivia
Bubbling mud from geothermal area in Sur Lipez, Bolivia

 

Moon Valley
Moon Valley

 

 

Salt flats in Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Salt flats in Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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